Saturday, November 14, 2015

Dietrich Family Burials

 My recent research focus has been on the parents of Elizabeth Dietrich, Heinrich Dietrich and Maria Diller. Henry and Mary Dietrich’s children included Adam, Daniel, Samuel, Henry and three daughters, one of whom was Elizabeth. According to Mary’s gravestone, she was born in 1770, married Heinrich Dietrich in 1788 and died in 1804. Henry then married Mary’s sister, Sarah and had several more children.[1]

The Trinity Lutheran Church Burial Records, 1744-1900[2] reveal more about this family many of whom are buried on the Dietrich family property. While these records will be used to properly identify the members of this family, the list of burials is rather poignant.


12 August 1793
on our churchyard, Henrich Dietrich’s little son, Philip,
                                    age 1 yr, 7 mos, 5 days, of infant cholera.

23 September 1797
in the country, Philip dietrich, age 27 yrs, 10 mos, 3 wks.
7 July 1799
in the country, Henrich’s Dietrick’s little son.
1 October 1804
in the country, Henrich Dietrich’s little daughter Salome, age 1 yr, 2 mos.
5 October 1804
Also in the country, his wife [Heinrich Dietrich’s] who died of fever.
10 June 1809
Buried in the country, Henrich Dietrich’s little son, age 8 yrs.
13 September 1816
Philip Dietrich, age 90 yrs, 8 mos, 17 dys.
8 April 1827
Heinrich Dietrich, age 62 yrs, 2 mos.
20 April 1847
Sarah Dietrich, in the country, age 66 yrs.
9 January 1873
Henry Dietrich died January 6 1873, age 47, 6 mos, 18 dys. Lancaster Cemetery.


[1] Family notes, letter written by Sallie LeFevre, transcribed and in the possession of the author.
[2] The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Lancaster Pa, Vol. 5, Burial Records, translated and edited by Joan Kahler, Debra D. Smith and Pastor Frederick S. Weiser, Closson Press, Apollo, Pa, 2011.